Student shot in school when refused to handover pellet gun to police

Student shot in school when refused to handover pellet gun to police

Brownsville : TX : USA | Jan 05, 2012 at 3:20 AM PST
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8th-grader killed by Texas police had pellet gun.

A 15-year-old boy named Jaime Gonzalez was shot by the police when he did not put down his gun that he had pointed towards the police officers. He was repeatedly asked to surrender, but did not respond to the warnings. The gun he had was a pellet gun, but its design was similar to that of a firearm.

Gonzalez took the gun to his school that is Cummings Middle School in Brownsville and showed off the weapon in front of the students. The school administration informed the police about it when the situation was reported to them. The boy before showing off his pellet gun also misbehaved with another student and punched him on his face.

When the police arrived, the school was locked down and all the students were isolated from the scene, where Gonzalez was tried to be arrested. He was asked to hand over his gun to the officers, but when despite repeated orders, did not follow them, he was shot by the police. He was declared dead by the hospital and according to the orders from the court, his autopsy will be performed.

The students were taken away from the school and their parents were informed about the incident. The parents were very upset as they came to know about it. They questioned the school administration about their security arrangements and were surprised to know that how a student could bring a pellet gun into the school premises.

"This is really messed up. I thought they had more security," one of the parent said as he came to pick his child.

Interim Brownsville Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez told about the details of the incident, saying, "He had plenty of opportunities to lower the weapon ... and he didn't want to."

The boy was hit with two shots from the police officers who fired three gunshots in total. The students locked down in the school also confirmed that they heard three gunshots in the hallway where the encounter took place.

The motive behind bringing the pellet gun to the school has not been figured out so far. The school administration had not found anything unusual in Gonzalez’s behavior previously. The investigations might reveal further details about the case. The incident has created a distressful environment in the school and neighborhood.

sarah1 is based in California, California, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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